Mercedes Dorame, born in Los Angeles, California, received her MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She calls on her Tongva ancestry to engage the problematics of visibility and ideas of cultural construction.
She is part of the permanent collection’s of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Saisset Museum and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from: the Montblanc Art Commission, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Loop Artist Residency, En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards program, Galería de la Raza, for her solo exhibition there, the Harpo Foundation for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and from the Photography Department at the San Francisco Art Institute for her MFA Studies. She is part of the Hammer Museum’s 2018 Made in LA exhibition and has shown her work internationally. Her writing and photographs have been featured in publications such as News From Native California and 580 Split. She has been interviewed about her work by PBS Newshour, KCET Artbound, the Harpo Foundation, Culture Strike, Black Boots Ink and KQED’s video podcast Gallery Crawl.